If no team wants to take the American League East division, the Tampa Bay Rays are perfectly fine with that, as they enter June surprisingly tied for first. Of all division leaders in baseball, the Rays have the least wins at 26-25.
But one game over .500 is all that’s needed for now, as they’re tied with the New York Yankees for the top spot. The Baltimore Orioles are three games under .500, the Toronto Blue Jays are six games below and the Boston Red Sox are in last place being seven games under. At the same time, though, last-place Boston is only four games out of first, illustrating just how tight the AL East has been thus far.
Aside from their division rivalries, the Rays have series with the National League East-leading Washington Nationals, the red-hot Cleveland Indians and the surging Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which should lead to an interesting month for the club. With information provided by RazorGator.com, below are the most and least expensive Rays tickets on the secondary market in the month of June.
Most Expensive: 6/26/2015 | Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox | Tropicana Field | Average Price: $103.43 | Get-in Price: $26 | Women’s Cowboy Hat Giveaway
6/27/2015 | Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox | Tropicana Field | Average Price: $112.96 | Get-in Price: $29 | Rays Headband Giveaway
6/28/2015 | Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox | Tropicana Field | Average Price: $97.51 | Get-in Price: $26 | Kids Tin Lunch Box Giveaway
The three most expensive Rays tickets are for each game of the three-game set with the division rival Boston Red Sox. The June 27 contest is the most expensive of the three, with an average ticket price of $112.96 and a get-in price of $29. All three games have giveaways, which has to be seen as a nice bonus for fans attending The Trop. After all, the allure alone of playing the Red Sox, one of the most storied franchises in sports, is usually enough on its own to generate big crowds. That’s why Red Sox tickets, whether they be at home on the road, are consistently amongst the highest in the sport, even when they’re struggling, which appears to be the case at this moment. Regardless, this is an important series for both AL East residents.
6/13/2015 | Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox | Tropicana Field | Average Price: $66.33 | Get-in Price: $16
Continuing with teams in last place, the Rays host the Chicago White Sox on June 13 and surprisingly qualify for a spot on this list. Three games under .500, the White Sox will try to improve their 11-16 road record behind Jose Abreu. The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is hitting .282 with eight home runs and 29 RBI this season, and will also be looking for continued leadership from staff ace Chris Sale, who may make an appearance in this series.
Least Expensive: 6/4/2015 | Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Safeco Field | Average Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $8
6/1/2015 | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Angel Stadium | Average Price: $30 | Get-in Price: $4
Two road games on the west coast are the least expensive Rays tickets of the month. The two American League West division teams are 2.5 games apart in the standings and have experienced some inconsistency concerning their lineups. The Rays will have to navigate around Mike Trout when they meet up in Anaheim, as the reigning AL MVP is enjoying another terrific campaign in 2015. The Rays should have an easier time handling Mariners’ superstar, Robinson Cano—who signed a 10-year, $240 million contract prior to the 2014 season—as the second baseman is hitting just .251 with two home runs and 16 RBI on the year. Both of these games represent solid deals, considering Tampa Bay will be up-close and personal with some of the greatest stars in baseball today.